The Primal Support Page: What s Primal Therapy?
The Primal Support Page
International Resource for those interested in Primal Therapy and the
other Deep Feeling Regressive Psychotherapies around the World
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is Primal Therapy?
has been more than 35 years since Arthur Janov first described what he called ‘Primal
Therapy’. Much of the theory from which it evolved was built on the
work of earlier theorists, but Janov was the first person to ‘put it
together’ and describe the process in a way that made it both practically
effective and at the same time, understandable to the lay-person (see
links below to articles on Primal Therapy by various authors).
Over the years new therapists and organisations have added their input to the
field of the deep feeling therapies, modifying the early techniques, bringing
in new concepts and sometimes giving different names to the therapy they were
offering, such as, ‘In-Depth Therapy’, ‘Primal Integration’, ‘Deep
Feeling Therapy’, etc.
As a result of this, and the fact that Janov’s own theories and practices
have evolved over time as well, the process has been greatly refined and much
has been learned about how to make deep feeling therapy safe and effective
for those who wish to improve the quality of their lives or resolve childhood
Different people are helped by different techniques, ideologies and therapists,
so it is important that people seeking out therapy find out as much as they
can about the pros and cons of what the different individuals and groups offer.
Some of us have had to try out different groups and/or therapists in order
to find out what helped us the most at different stages of our therapy.
To assist new people coming to the site, I have graded the articles below from
starting point for people with no prior knowledge of the feeling therapies,
an intermediate level for people with some understanding or experience, to
a professional level, for psychotherapists and lay people with more knowledge
of the processes involved:
Primal Integration Therapy
By Cecil Osborne
Neurosis - Why Therapy is Needed
By Arthur Janov
Primal Therapy and Deep Feeling Therapy
By Theresa Sheppard Alexander
Childhood Hurts with the Feeling Therapies
- By Esta Powell
What is Primal Psychotherapy?
By H. Lawrence King
The Seven Stages of Primal Therapy
By Stephen Witty and Stephen Khamsi
Primal Integration and Theory
By John Rowan